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Allen West joins long list of conservatives opposing 'Schumer-Rubio' immigration bill

A large group of conservative and tea party figures, including former Florida Rep. Allen West, have sent a letter to Congress opposing the Senate immigration bill.

"We write to express our serious concerns regarding the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S. 744. We oppose this bill and urge you to vote against it when it comes to the Senate floor," it reads. "No matter how well-intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable. Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch."

The letter comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee looks to wrap up its work on the bill this week. West was joined by Erick Erickson, Phyllis SchlaflyT. Willard Fair, of the Urban League of Greater Miami, radio hosts Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, and scores of tea party groups and activists, including Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.

The letter reads:

"We have a variety of concerns; some of us share only one, others share all. Among these concerns are that the bill: Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank; Cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous; Legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration; Rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law; Hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education; Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system; Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations; Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security; Is shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups; Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud."


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:04am]


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